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Cape Henry Lighthouse

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Address: 583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA 23459
Phone Number: +1 757-422-9421
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when...
Preservation Virginia acquired the Cape Henry Lighthouse in 1930 when Congress deeded the house and 1.77 Acres of land to the organization in order to preserve it and make it accessible to the public. Over the years lighthouse and its surroundings have been restored including repairing the lantern after damage from Hurricane Barbara in 1953, repairing the damaged original Aquia sandstone and restoring the surrounding dunes. Today, visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
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What we didn't know before arriving at the entrance is this lighthouse is on a military base and as we had a hire car we didn't have on us the relevant car hire documentation on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

What we didn't know before arriving at the entrance is this lighthouse is on a military base and as we had a hire car we didn't have on us the relevant car hire documentation on us - luckily our hotel was less than 5 miles away so the return trip to get this was worth it to enter onto the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The lighthouses are located on an active base so your car and family must go through an inspection and they do ask for ID, insurance and registration. The lighthouses were nice, you can only go up into one of them. You can take pictures of the other one though. It was $8 per person to tour the lighthouse. But, if... More 

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Carteret, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

we saw lighthouse from the dolphin cruise and we came to know that it is the first federal funded project. The newer lighthouse next to it was beautiful too. Picturesque. It was easy to get there. a 15 min ride from where we stayed. We had to go through car check as it is on the military base. After we... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I love lighthouses, so stopping at Cape Henry Lighthouse was great! Be aware that this is on a military base, so you will need your drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of car insurance. Your vehicle will also be quickly checked. We had a few cars in front of us, but it only took 10 minutes to get through. The... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

My wife and I visited the the light house. Now we can say we have been to the first light house built in the US. I would recommend everyone visiting VA beach to go.

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Colby, Kansas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Very interesting; first place the English settlers set foot on while looking for a more permanent place. Very small park and it is on a military base, so you will have your vehicle checked if you do not have military pass. There are markers and monuments to the sailors and priest that were on that first voyage. The lighthouse itself... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Took forever to go through the Military clearance gate to get here. Full car search, be prepared with license, registration, insurance, hood open, gate open, all doors open, get out of the vehicle etc.. Kind of unnerving if you do not have everything ready...... But The history and construction of the light house is most interesting. It is always fun... More 

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Albany, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

cannot miss this gem even tho my seniors did go up the 100 stairs we enjoyed the gift shop and all the scenery around, beautiful area , everything and are is soo clean, we also saw the BASE housing , schools

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Alma, Arkansas
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The climb to the top was easier than I expected and well worth it for the view! $8 entry fee was money well spent. Spiral staircase probably not a good idea for anyone with bad knees though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I absolutely loved this place. I was so impressed with the lighthouse and the shop. The people that work there are so friendly and helpful. I would totally suggest taking the whole family here!

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